Airline sues passenger over skipped segment

Airline sues passenger for not taking booked flight

Leading airlines are fighting back against passengers who use a simple loophole to secure cheaper tickets.

The man used a method to book his multistop trip that's known as "hidden city" ticketing - where travelers find layover cities on an airliner's route that are cheaper than a direct flight from one city to another.

Airlines do routinely warn passengers that they may be pursued for payment if they don't show up for a leg of their multi-stop flight.

The airline says that the passenger exploited the ticketing system which places a premium on non-stop flights and got a bargain by buying a multiple-stop ticket.

For example, someone who wants to travel to Chicago may book a flight from NY to Los Angeles with a layover in Chicago, if that flight is less expensive than direct flights to Chicago.

The German airline is suing a passenger who booked a Seattle-Frankfurt-Oslo flight, then saved money by skipping the last leg of the flight and taking another flight to his real destination, Berlin, CNN reports.

Lufthansa, the German national airline, announced it is suing a passenger for allegedly missing a leg of his journey on objective.

The pricing strategies for "network carriers" such as Lufthansa, Air France and British Airways is underpinned by charging less for the more flights passengers take in one booking. It's seeking 2,112 euros ($2,381) - plus interest.

But Lufthansa is arguing that the travel trick is a violation of their terms and conditions. So far a court has found in favour of the passenger - but now Lufthansa is appealing.

A Berlin district court dismissed Lufthansa's case in December. But Orbitz later settled its case with the site, and a judge dismissed United's portion of the suit in 2015 - mostly because the case was filed in IL and Skiplagged is based in NY.

The practice is discouraged by airlines, with many warning passengers not to abuse tariffs - though this is believed to be the first time a carrier has tried to take a flier to court over the skiplagging hack.

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